Lucila Granada, PhD
Lucila Granada joined FLEX as its CEO in July 2019. She was formerly director of the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) which is a frontline feminist organisation run by and for Latin American women working with 5,000 women each year to provide them with support services and achieve advocacy aims. Prior to this, Lucila founded and led CLAUK, a campaign coalition of Latin American organisations campaigning for ethnic recognition and improved access to health and labour rights. Lucila was Chair of the Labour Exploitation Advisory Group and a trustee at FLEX. She also holds a PhD on migration, language and ethnic identity from Aston University.
Since its foundation FLEX has built a small staff team of dedicated experts in the field of human trafficking, labour rights and women’s rights. FLEX’s staff are:
Lynda provides financial support to FLEX as an independent consultant. Lynda is a qualified Chartered Accountant and trained with BDO. After leaving BDO in 2004, Lynda has worked in the not for profit sector initially as a Finance Manager for a Fairtrade charity, Twin and since 2011 as an independent consultant to a number of charities. Lynda has a wealth of experience in preparing SORP accounts and project reporting for major donors (EU, Comic Relief, DFID). Lynda has acted as a project consultant to the International Division of the British Red Cross and currently works with a portfolio of smaller charities.
Letícia Ishibashi coordinates the Labour Exploitation Advisory Group and runs FLEX's social media channels. Prior to joining FLEX in 2017, Letícia supported the engagement of grassroots and community organisations in international human rights mechanisms, provided assistance to trafficked persons seeking asylum in the UK and conducted research on rights-based approaches to migration. Outside FLEX, Letícia is a trustee at Migrants' Rights Network and volunteers supporting foreign national offenders to exercise their rights while in the UK prison system. Letícia holds a MSc in Social Policy and Development with distinction from the London School of Economics.
Meri joined FLEX in 2017 as a Research Officer before becoming Research Manager in 2019. Prior to this role, she worked as a gender and labour migration consultant for the International Labour Organization’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. While at the ILO, she worked on a six-country project to promote the developmental impact of labour migration in Southeast-Asia and on a joint project with UN Women to prevent the exploitation of women migrant workers in the ASEAN region. She has an MSc in International Development and Management from Lund University.
Alberico works with FLEX as a Peer Coordinator, recruiting, coordinating and carrying out research with Peer Researchers as part of our participatory action research projects. He also works as a trade union organiser in the Couriers and Logistic sector in London, working with workers in the so-called ‘gig economy’. He is completing an MA in Cultural studies at the University of London, with a dissertation focusing on the intersection between migration policies, employment law and the exploitation and marginalisation of migrant communities in the courier industry in London.
Eleonora conducts research for FLEX as well as training and coordinating peer researchers for our participatory action research methodology. Eleonora has recently completed a MSc in Development Studies at SOAS University of London. Her dissertation explored the structural roots of exploitation of migrant workers in the agricultural sector in Italy, analysing the impact of supply chains and immigration policies on workers’ rights.
Natasha supports FLEX’s staff team and Board of Trustees, ensuring the smooth running of its operations and supporting the implementation of FLEX’s communications strategy. Natasha has worked and volunteered with a range of NGOs supporting migrants and refugees at both a grassroots and strategic level, working across fundraising, communications, administration, project coordination and monitoring & evaluation. Outside of FLEX, she volunteers with the Latin American migrant organisation IRMO, supporting their Education, Training & Employment Programme. She has an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology from UCL.
Rebecca was admitted to the High Court of New Zealand as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2015. She commenced legal practice in civil litigation with a focus on employment law, workplace health and safety and professional liability. In 2017 she moved to the UK to work in survivor advocacy, where she focused on EEA national and forced labour cases. In 2019 she joined the Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU) and specialised in victim identification and support public law challenges. She also provided training and advice to the support sector on the legal rights and entitlements of modern slavery victims. Outside of FLEX, Rebecca is a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers and serves as a Parliamentary Engagement Officer on YLAL's Committee. Rebecca holds a LLB/BA with a joint major in Political Science and English.
Dugald is developing FLEX’s training programme, working with front-line organisations to help them identify and support potential victims of labour exploitation. He has previously organised employment law training for trade unionists and young lawyers, and advised precarious workers on whistleblowing and related employment rights. Dugald has experience in various legal charities, such as representing clients pro bono in welfare benefit appeals and advising LGBT+ people on discrimination issues. He holds an LLB in Law with French Law from University College London and an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics.